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Doctor insights on: What Is The Effect Of Quinine Tonic Water On Arthritis

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Where can you get quinine other than tonic water at grocery?

Where can you get quinine other than tonic water at grocery?

Your doctor: Quinine is a drug available by prescription. It is present in tonic water in very small amounts. ...Read more

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Pt with ITP. I wasn't aware of quinine effect & drank 18oz of tonic water w/quinine today. Will this impact platelets? CBC count was at 100 last wk.

Pt with ITP. I wasn't aware of quinine effect & drank 18oz of tonic water w/quinine today. Will this impact platelets? CBC count was at 100 last wk.

Different disease: ITP is different from quinine induced or other drug induced immune thrombocytopenia, first don't drink any more of the tonic water that has quinine, just observe yourself for any bruises, don't exert physical effort for now, call your doctor for reassurance, good luck ...Read more

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Will tonic water (It has quinine) prevent malaria, Japanese encephalitis and dengue? I will be vacationing in an area where those diseases are endemic

Will tonic water (It has quinine) prevent malaria, Japanese encephalitis and dengue? I will be vacationing in an area where those diseases are endemic

Absolutely not: These mosquito borne diseases are all very serious, in fact potentially fatal. Avoiding the bug-bite is of paramount importance. Get some bug spray, socks, long pants, and netting if outdoors to avoid bites. There are anti-malarial medications available, and a Japanese encephalitis vaccine, but there is nothing so far for dengue. I highly recommend visiting a travel doc before going to these areas ...Read more

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What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

I: I agree with dr. Jaffery. Another consideration would be spinal cord irritation and a neurologic exam would be able to uncover that problem.

Before you visit the neurologist make sure to differentiate between "spasms", cramps, and restless legs.

Spasms respresent a painful and involuntary muscle contraction. It can not be released voluntarily.

A muscle cramp is a sudden intermittent pain of a muscle that may involve involuntary contractions and can be associated with spasms.

Restless legs refers to an uneasiness and restlessness in the legs when at rest. This most commonly occurs after going to bed but can be seen earlier in the evening (anticipation).

Cramps can also be associated with arthritic conditions and cold exposure. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Drinking tonic water as I was told that quinine was good for treating arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis: Quinine itself is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and malaria. However, tonic water does not have enough quinine in it to be effective for these conditions. You should thus see a rheumatologist if you are trying to treat arthritis. ...Read more

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I have been drinking tonic water because I was told that quinine was good for treating inflammation in arthritis, is that true?

I have been drinking tonic water because I was told that quinine was good for treating inflammation in arthritis, is that true?

Kind of: Quinine is related chemically to other compounds (hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, quinidine) that are refered to as anti-malarials due to their use to treat malaria. The have also been shown to be helpful in some kinds of inflammatory arthritis and are used regularly for that. The most common example is the use of Hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil) in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. ...Read more

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Is quinine water a medicine?

Is quinine water a medicine?

Tonic water?: Tonic water is water with minor amounts of quinine. The levels are too low to be considered medicinal. ...Read more

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Is gin and (diet) tonic water healthy?

Is gin and (diet) tonic water healthy?

Not particulately: Healthy. The gin has empty calories and the tonic water has carbonation which can damage your teeth. ...Read more

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Does tonic water has plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

See below: It has quinine which is closely related to Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and can cause toxicity with it. ...Read more

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I drink diet tonic water for musle cramps it helps whst else can I use.

I drink diet tonic water for musle cramps it helps whst else can I use.

Cramps: It would be wise to have your electrolytes checked as on occasion muscle cramps can be related to low calcium or potassium levels. Also, sometimes, vascular problems will cause cramping. See you doctor. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver can I drink tonic water? Just 1 can per day

I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver can I drink tonic water? Just 1 can per day

Tonic water: Alcohol is known to be a poison for the liver. I'd refrain from any alcohol containing beverages as it's been shown that alcohol is good for nothing especially in someone with a liver disease. ...Read more

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Is tonic water safe to drink?

Is tonic water safe to drink?

Yes: Tonic water used to have quinine in it because quinine was used to help fight malaria. Now, in the us, tonic water has quinine flavoring but no real quinine. If you come across indian tonic water (which is sold in the india and the uk and is sometimes imported into the us), it is still made with quinine. Quinine has been associated with some kidney and heart problems in high doses. ...Read more

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Soda water or tonic water for upset stomache?

Soda water or tonic water for upset stomache?

Slightly flattened: Ginger ale. Probably the simplest way to reduce nausea ; upset stomach is with ginger. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger ; steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. ...Read more

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Can you get hydroxychloroquine effect from tonic water?

See below: No, but quinine in it with excess consumption could lead to toxicity of Hydroxychloroquine such as retinopathy. ...Read more

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If I drink 10oz tonic water right after taking a Zofran pill, will it ruin the effectiveness of the Zofran?

If I drink 10oz tonic water right after taking a Zofran pill, will it ruin the effectiveness of the Zofran?

Zofran ODT: You should take the zofran orally disintegrating tablet place on the tongue and swallow with saliva. Tonic contains quinine which a lot of people don't know. Since quinine albeit infinitesimally small in tonic it can interact with ondansetron I suggest you avoid the combo. Stay calm and avoid tonic. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver can I drink tonic water? Just 1 can per day I DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL!!!!! NOT GIN & TONIC ONLY TONIC WATER

I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver can I drink tonic water? Just 1 can per day I DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL!!!!! NOT GIN & TONIC ONLY TONIC WATER

In moderation: Tonic water contains a little quinine. Quinine is a drug, used to treat malaria, and has some potential liver toxicity. However, the amount of quinine in most tonic water is usually quite low, although watch out for off-label tonic water. Weight loss is the best treatment for fatty liver. If tonic water in moderation is your worst "vice", you are probably ok. ...Read more

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Taking daily moderate Verapamil dose for cluster headache prevention. If I accidentally drank 10oz tonic water 5min ago, what will happen to me? Scared

Taking daily moderate Verapamil dose for cluster headache prevention. If I accidentally drank 10oz tonic water 5min ago, what will happen to me? Scared

Nothing serious: Tonic water has some quinine in it which may occasionally cause mild side effects but since it is already more than 8 hours, you should do fine from here on. ...Read more

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Drinking tonic water for the last week -12 oz a day, doctor told me that's the reason I have low platelets. Is it really truth?

Drinking tonic water for the last week -12 oz a day, doctor told me that's the reason I have low platelets. Is it really truth?

True: For the unlucky few, even the small amount of quinine in tonic water can cause thrombocytopenia (doctors call this rare occurrence a "gin and tonic purpura"). ...Read more

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Should I use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and tonic water for nocturnal leg cramps?

Should I use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and tonic water for nocturnal leg cramps?

Leg cramps: I prefer 4-6 oz of tonic water flavored with an orange slice or some liquid ginger added. ...Read more

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Are there safe exercises (other then water exercises) people with lupus can do without further hurting our already painful joints?

Are there safe exercises (other then water exercises) people with lupus can do without further hurting our already painful joints?

Weight: Anything that is comfortable for you such as biking or swimming. You may want to get a personal trainer in the gym or go to physical therapy to know more about appropriate exercise for you. General rule: anything that does not hurt. ...Read more

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Why is it when I use heat for my neck artheritis my eyes go blur or water and my head pains?

Why is it when I use heat for my neck artheritis my eyes go blur or water and my head pains?

Heat= inflammation: Heat can help decrease muscle pain and spasm but it can make arthritis symptoms worse. Ice is a good anti- inflammatory modality. Do not use anything at the extreme ranges of temperature- you might be irritating the nerves with something too hot. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to make sure you are using the modalities correctly. ...Read more

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If one is allergic to iodine, can also be allergic to quinine?

If one is allergic to iodine, can also be allergic to quinine?

Anything's possible: Yes. You can be allergic to many different chemicals including drugs. Does that mean you will be? Maybe but it's unpredictable. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand
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Quinine (Definition)

Treats malaria. Quinine was the first effective treatment for malaria. Quinine should not be used to treat or prevent nighttime leg cramps. Quinine has not been shown to be effective for this purpose, and ...Read more